2014 Chalk Hill Wright Creek Chardonnay, Chalk Hill AVA
92 Points - Wine Enthusiast
For our 2014 Wright Creek Chardonnay, the characteristics are aromas of lemon, cloves, vanilla and a subtle minerality. The palate is full and rich with a balanced acidity and inviting flavors of lemon cream, tangerine, wet stone and vanilla.
September 17-18, 2014
25.1° Avg Brix at harvest
15 months 100% French oak, 77% new
100% native yeast fermentation in barrel; 100% malolactic fermentation with bi-weekly bâtonnage
January 21, 2016
CHALK HILL ESTATE has a long history experimenting with Chardonnay, both in the vineyard and the winery. One of the great things about an estate is the ability to take the time to do things carefully and thoughtfully. Each Chardonnay block here is planted with the ideal clone and rootstock, the result of years of learning what works best where. This Chardonnay is composed of clone 15 and 17 grown in our Wright Creek Estate Vineyard. Clone 15 originated in Prosser, Washington and clone 17, or the “Robert Young” clone, originally came from the Wente Vineyard in the 1960’s. Each Chardonnay barrel is unique, from variations in the barrels themselves to the particular native yeast population that ferments the juice in that barrel. When blending our club Chardonnays, we choose the specific barrels that best show off the characteristics of that vineyard.